People of Alasandhapuram and scores of other villages in Natrampalli block submitted a petition to the collector to stop packed water companies from exploiting ground water that is already depleting.
The memorandum was submitted by R. Ravi, panchayat president of Alasandhapuram and scores of other people belonging to Simukkampattu, Kollappalli, Gandhi Nagar, Perumpallam, Kanagapuram, Mel Pallathur, Kil Pallathur, Thimmampettai, Mindappattu etc. in Natrampalli block.
Depleting ground water
According to the petition t hese villages are located along the Palar where the river enters Tamil Nadu. Since a flow eludes Palar for more than a decade water table in their villages are already in abysmal depths and agriculture has been largely affected.
Adding salt to their wounds, three water packaging companies viz. Aqua Jal, Yelgiris and Surabi, suck huge quantities of water from their deep bore wells in Kollappalli, the villagers contended.